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The Pain of Missing Those You Love at Christmas

When Liz and I were pregnant with our first son, my grandmother gave me something very special. She handed me a small, felt-covered box and said, “Your grandfather wanted you to have this.” I slowly opened the taupe encasement to reveal a small diamond set in a slightly embellished gold band. It was the same ring I had seen on my grandfather’s weathered hand many times before he died—it was his ring. This year marks fourteen years since Paw-Paw Ham passed […]

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12 Days of Christmas Cheer: #ARichChristmas Day 2

In Frank Capra’s Christmas classic “It’s a Wonderful Life”, George Bailey’s daughter Zuzu delivers the classic line: “Every time a bell rings, an angel gets it’s wings” If that’s the case, the Salvation Army is dishing out wings all across the country, one jingle at a time. How do you normally approach the iconic Christmas bell ringers? Do you find another entrance trying to avoid them altogether, drop your brow, fake a phone call, look into the air? This year […]

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